Week Nineteen

Health and Wellness

Playing and visiting with our buddies and parent friends at play parks .

Hockey on mini-scooters.

Getting in more sledding before the snow melts!

Scooping cornmeal.

Whisking water and using old medicine syringe dropper.

Tracing letter in cornmeal.

Mystery box:  each took turns choosing an object in the covered box and letting ‘their hand’ tell them what it was (before ‘their eyes’ tell them).  Parker really liked this and wanted to keep on playing.

There was also pouring practice using dried pinto beans (former pie weights) and scented cotton balls in different jars (one with vanilla and the other tangerine oil).

Reading more on Maria Montessori and her methods and Montessori Education.  All the children enjoyed more sensory and practical skill practice this week (as pictured above).  Some sites used are Maria Montessori.com and Living Montessori Now.  We played the Montessori Silence Game which exercises self-control and promotes awareness of other senses.

Miles made himself an egg salad sandwich with minimal guidance for the first time this week.


What dissolves?  Miles tested flour, cornmeal, and sugar.  All this testing created an appetite for cornbread, which we then made for lunch.

Yellowstone National Park site for pictures and videos of Old Faithful and geysers, hot springs.  We’re planning a fall trip to Yellowstone National Park, so we are learning about some of its natural features.

Continuing work on our first lap book about volcanoes, with ideas from Homeschool Share.  We looked at Weather Wiz Kids for tsunami animation.

Waiting for the rain.  Hot water in the jar, ice cubes on the plate covering it.  Weather Wiz Kids for rain in a bottle experiment.  Read Water by Emily Neye, Clouds and Rain both by Marion Dane Bauer.

Handbook of Nature Study reminded us about forcing spring buds and growing carrot tops.


Pierre-Aguste Renoir by Mike Venezia, the boys were surprised to hear that Renoir liked to play the game cops and robbers as a child and that he was a classmate of Monet.  Minneapolis Institute of Art‘s collection of his works and Horizon School’s site.

To connect with this week’s activities with clouds and rain, everyone cut free-shaped clouds from paper.

Clay pinch pots using recipe from ECFE:  1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 tsp oil, 1 cup boiling water, food coloring.  Mixed using Kitchen Aid’s dough hook and added bit more flour to make it less sticky.

Math and Logic

Miles did calculations, measuring, and sewing.

Cutting three inch strips for the top.  Then we used a rubber band to hold the top closed.

Hats with left-over fleece and help YouTube video and Tipnut.

Miles and Parker made a-maze-ing games.  Roll dice and move around the board.

We are trying a Lego lap book with ideas from Walking By the Way.

Played a money practice game ‘Making Change’.  Miles got five dimes and chose something to buy (my green tea happened to be there, so Parker put it up for sale).  He wrote the equation and then decided how much change he would get back.  For example if he chose the mug he wrote ’50 cents – 45 cents = 5 cents.  Then he could take a nickel.  For this game, all the price tag numbers ended in five.

Miles and Parker continue working in their Brainquest workbooks.

More addition, subtraction, and multiplication word problems from You Can, Toucan Math by David A. Adler.

Social Studies

Presidents’ Day by Margaret McNamara, Barack Obama Out of Many, One by Shana Corey, and George Washington by Barabara Knox.

Shrove Tuesday and of course we made pancakes (recipe adapted from The Friends’ Cookbook’:  3/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt – all whisked together.  Add 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp milk, 2 tbsp vegetable oil, and one egg all mixed together.  We added a couple of chocolate chips to each pancake).  Read about pancake racesIf You Give a Pig a Pancakes by Laura Numeroff was a good fit too.

Labeling continents on our basement map.

Read Marven of the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky and tried some corresponding activities from Homeschool Share.  Practiced some French words used in the book such as bonjour (hello), derriere (bottom), au revoir (good bye) and so on.  Once during the week, I overheard Miles having his Lego guys greet each other with a ‘bonjour!’.

Made potato latkes (similar to the ones Marven ate) for the first time from All Recipes.  The story mentions Marven not wanting his father to tell a chicken joke, which got Miles reading and retelling chicken jokes from Animal Jokes by Pam Rosenberg.

Looking at Bemidji, Minnesota on a map, seeing how far the logging camp was (five miles from the city), discussing what colors mean on the map.  We used our Minnesota Atlas and Gazetteer.

Miles and Parker made a log cabin like these at Minnesota Historical Society (site found at Homeschool Share).

Language Arts

Ruby read a Dora book to ‘Andy’ the therapy dog at the library (a free event every month).

Adding more -ing ending words as we read poems from It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing! Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky.

Miles’ word scroll.

Spelling-Words-Well for other spelling game ideas.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff.  Chain reaction story activity idea from Homeschool Share.

Ruby helps hang up the snowmen compound words.   Compound words practice from File Folder Games.

The Reading Lady for poems about plants and search for rhyming words and adjectives.

Read It’s Snowing! It’s Snowing! Winter Poems by Jack Prelutsky and practiced -ing ending words using the scroll.  Read Snow by Marion Dane Bauer.

Adjectives and the shoe game, similar to Homeschool Escapade’s.  I asked Miles to bring me ‘that shoe’.  Then I’d say, ‘no, the other one’ for the other two shoes.  He began to realize that something was missing in what I was saying (the describing word) and we wrote some together for the three shoes.


Parker enjoys his snack after a great lesson.  One of his new pieces is The Cuckoo with both hands (the first few measures).

Miles plays various Star Wars and Harry Potter tunes.  He is also working on parts of Minuet in G minor (J. S. Bach), The Happy Farmer (R. Schumann) ,  and A Short Story (H. Lichner).  Parker is working on playing with both hands for Mary Had a Little Lamb and Little Playmates (F.X. Chwatal).

We continue listening to both Suzuki book discs and iTunes classical.


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